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Christopher M. Nichols <email@example.com>
Oregon State University
Interests: American Studies, Diplomatic History and International Affairs, Intellectual History, Political History/Studies, U.S. History and Culture
|Address:||Department of History
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-5104
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Christopher McKnight Nichols
Assistant Professor of History, Oregon State University
Previously Nichols was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania and Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Dr. Nichols is an expert on debates over the United States’s role in the world and American political ideas, politics, and foreign policy from the Gilded Age and Progressive Era through the present. Nichols has presented papers and published articles, reviews, and essays on subjects including transnationalism, the origins of modern American isolationism, the Spanish-American War, the ethical dimensions of U.S. global engagement, race and segregation, imperialism and anti-imperialism, internationalism, progressivism, opposition to WWI, neutrality legislation, media's role on politics, interwar political economy, trans-Atlantic liberal reform, the philosophy of history, secularization and religious thought, religion and international relations, deliberative democracy, and the historical foundations of current American foreign policy.
Nichols studied at Harvard College, Wesleyan University, and the University of Virginia, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History. Before coming to Oregon State University Nichols was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History at the University of Pennsylvania and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Nichols was honored to be nominated for two teaching awards at Penn and during his time as an instructor at UVa Nichols received three awards for outstanding teaching, nominated and selected by both students and faculty. At Oregon State University Nichols teaches courses on isolationism and internationalism, the U.S. role in the world, the Progressive Era, international relations and diplomacy, intellectual, cultural, and political history.
Nichols is author of Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age (Harvard University Press, 2011).
Nichols is co-editor and co-author, with Charles Mathewes, of Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization from the Puritans to the Present Day (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).
Nichols is senior editor, with David Milne, and editor-in-chief Timothy Lynch, of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (Oxford University Press, January 2013).